DAVID M. MAJCHRZAK
David M. Majchrzakis a seasoned ethicist and civil litigator with Klinedinst PC. Mr. Majchrzak is certified by the State Bar of California as a specialist in legal malpractice law, and devotes a substantial portion of his career to counseling his clients on how to achieve their professional goals in an ethical way. For those attorneys who do not have general counsel in their firm or who simply need practical, outside advice, he helps navigate the often complex ethical waters of the legal profession. Mr. Majchrzak performs law office risk management reviews, trains law firm staff in ethics requirements, and advises on a variety of topics. These include conflicts of interest, fees and billing requirements, trust account procedures, law firm advertising and online marketing efforts, engagement and common interest agreements, non-engagement and disengagement protocols, attorney-client privilege/confidentiality analyses and protection, subpoena response, multi-jurisdictional practice, lawyer mobility, and ancillary business ventures. His litigation practice focuses primarily on discipline defense, professional liability defense, and disqualification and fee disputes.
Mr. Majchrzak is active within the legal community. He currently serves as the chair of the San Diego County Bar Association’s Legal Ethics Committee, and a member of the Future of Lawyering Committee and the first chair of the Integration and Engagement Committee for the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers. He recently completed service as a three-year member of the State Bar’s Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct, and chair of its outreach committee. In 2015, Mr. Majchrzak revived the then-abandoned Ethics Quarterly, and has continued as one of its two editors. Mr. Majchrzak has also been active within the American Inns of Court. He served for four years as president of the William L. Todd, Jr. chapter and two years on the national program awards committees. Mr. Majchrzak is a director of both the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Alumni Association and the San Diego County Bar Association. He has also served in various other voluntary professional and community roles.
MARK L. TUFT
Mark L. Tuftis a partner with Cooper, White & Cooper LLP in San Francisco. He serves as counsel to lawyers and law firms on professional responsibility, professional liability, law firm mergers and dissolutions, and State Bar disciplinary matters. Mr. Tuft is certified by the State Bar of California as a specialist in legal malpractice law. His practice includes legal malpractice defense, media law, and commercial litigation. He also serves as an arbitrator, mediator, and special master in lawyer-client and law firm disputes. Mr. Tuft is a coauthor of The California Practice Guide on Professional Responsibility (The Rutter Group, a division of Thomson Reuters). Mr. Tuft obtained his J.D. degree with honors from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1968. He also received an LL.M. degree with highest honors from George Washington University in 1972.
Mr. Tuft has served on various State Bar committees and commissions studying and drafting rules of professional conduct. He currently serves on the State Bar’s Access Through Innovation of Legal Services Task Force. He is a former chair of COPRAC and a past president of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers. Mr. Tuft is a member of the ABA Center on Professional Responsibility and has served on several committees, including the Center’s Policy Implementation Committee and Editorial Board. Mr. Tuft has taught courses on legal ethics as an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law and is a frequent lecturer and writer on professional responsibility. Mr. Tuft has received several teaching awards including CEB’s Award of Merit.